NASHVILLE — Rep. Tommie Brown, D-Chattanooga, will hold a public forum Saturday in Chattanooga “for the purpose of reviewing the proposed redistricting plan” that affects the House District 28 she represents.
Brown said she has obtained detailed precinct-level information about the Republican-drawn plan, which moved Wednesday through a House “ad hoc” panel comprised of GOP members and later through the House State and Local Government Subcommittee.
The GOP plan merges portions of fellow Chattanooga Democrat Rep. JoAnne Favors’ 29th Legislative District with Brown’s 28th District. Both lawmakers are black and Republicans say the move is necessary to meeting federal Voting Rights Act protections for districts such as Brown’s where there are majorities of black voters.
Favors’s district does not have a majority of black voters and Republicans plan to shift many of the black voters who are there to Brown’s district.
Brown’s meeting is from 1:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Chattanooga Housing Authority’s multi-purpose room at 801 Holtzclaw Ave.
Participants will also discuss plans for Brown’s upcoming 28th District Assembly where residents voice opinions on legislative issues.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...